Copa del Rey: Barcelona thrash Celta Vigo to reach quarter-finals

Messi stars as Barca thrash Celta in the cup

Sevilla also qualified for the quarter-finals with a 4-1 aggregate win after beating Cadiz 2-1 thanks to goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Joaquin Correa.

With the tie balanced at 1-1 after the away leg, Messi starred at the Camp Nou with a pair of goals two minutes apart in the first half.

"It's a luxury to have Leo in the side", Alba told Gol Television.

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"It's a luxury to have him here". "He has been at a spectacular level for 12 years".

In his previous five seasons with the club, he had only set up five goals for Messi.

"As he adapts to our game, to the Liga, to European football. he requires a process of adaptation and we hope he can help us during the season". "They look for each other and are happy to do so, because it is not just Alba assisting Messi". He needs time to adapt, but he's dared to do more.

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"We are seeing a lot of them this season, but it makes sense because there is no winger on the left anymore and there is room for [Alba] to surprise from deep".

Barca eventually claimed a fifth on the night to compound the visitors' misery, Ousmane Dembele lifting a corner into the box for Ivan Rakitic to bury home with a free header into the top corner of the net from 10 yards out.

The Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, avoided an early clash and got an easy draw.

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Making the last eight will take some of the pressure off new coach Vincenzo Montella following Sevilla's painful 5-3 home loss to crosstown rival Real Betis in his Spanish league debut on Saturday. "But I shouldn't say that because it will mean we'll draw them!"

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